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Student Activities

America Reads - FAQs

Questions students ask

What is Rivier University America Reads?Rivier University America Reads, a partnership between Rivier College and Nashua Public Schools, provides tutors to local schools to build their students' reading skills. Rivier University students are trained to help children who are not reading to their grade level improve theirt reading skills.  

What are my responsibilities as a tutor?After being selected as an America Reads tutor, you will report to your assigned school for a training and orientation session. The America Reads Coordinator at the school will assign you a teacher who will be your direct supervisor. As with any job, you will be responsible for arriving to work on time, performing your job well, and acting in a professional manner.

When and how many hours can I work?As an America Reads tutor you may work as little as four but no more than 10 hours per week during the elementary school day. The typical commitment is one academic year.

What about holidays?
Tutors will work when Rivier University is in session while observing the schedules of the host schools. Tutors will not work when either the college or the host schools are closed.

How will I be trained?The America Reads Coordinator and the teachers at the host schools will train tutors. Tutors are responsible for attending all training and orientation sessions.

How will I be assigned to a school?Your personal preference, school need, and previous experience are all part of the decision-making process. The Coordinator of Student Activities and Orientation will make the final decisions on placement.

Can I get service learning credit for America Reads?
Tutors have received a service learning credit for participation in America Reads. Credits received are determined on an individual basis. Please contact the Office of Service Learning at ext. 8658.

How am I paid?Tutors will be paid on an hourly basis at the current rate of $5.50 per hour. Timesheets must first be signed by your assigned teacher, and then submitted to the Volunteer Services Coordinator.  As with other on-campus jobs at the college, paychecks are processed every two weeks.

How do I apply, and whom can I contact for more info?Fill out the application form and either e-mail it or submit in person to:

Office of Student Activities and Orientation
1st floor Dion Center
(603) 897-8254


Questions school personnel ask

What is Rivier University America Reads?Rivier University America Reads, a partnership between Rivier University and Nashua Public Schools, provides tutors to local schools to build their students' reading skills. Rivier University students will be trained to help improve the reading skills of children who are not reading to their grade level.  

What are my responsibilities as a teacher?The teacher will provide scheduling, support, and direction for the tutor, including reinforcing skills learned during training sessions and providing additional strategies for the tutor to use. The teacher will also provide the books to be used and sign off weekly on the student’s timesheet.

When and how many hours will my tutor work?An America Reads tutor may work at least four but no more than 10 hours per week during the elementary school day. The typical commitment is one academic year.

What about holidays?Tutors will work when Rivier University is in session while observing the schedules of the host schools. Tutors will not work when either the college or the schools are closed.

How will tutors be trained?The America Reads Coordinator and the teachers at the host schools will train tutors. Tutors are responsible for attending all training and orientation sessions.

How will tutors be assigned to a school?
The tutor's personal preference, schedules, school need, and previous experience are all part of the decision-making process. The Coordinatior of Student Activities and Orientation and the America Reads Coordinators at the schools make final decisions on placement.

Who can I contact with questions?
Call the Office of Student Activities at (603) 897-8254.

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